Mikkeller Stick in the Ear – American IPA at 6.5% ABV

Mikkeller Stick in the Ear American IPA at 6.5% ABV (C$5.40 at Sherbrooke Liquor, 330 ml, best before 10-Oct-2018, acquired 25-Apr-2018, reviewed 24-May-2018)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one fat finger of fluffy pale ivory head, excellent retention and heavy chunky lacing. (5/5) Aroma: resiny pine, tropical fruit, caramel, citrus. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering building bitter finish. (4/5)

Well, that’s better than a poke in the eye (or ear, or for that matter any other orifice) with a sharp stick, that’s for sure. This is where Mikkeller shines: bitter hoppy beers, this time a lightly dank resiny West Coast IPA, done right. It’s not even all that big, actually, but it certainly plays that way. I’d love to see this done as a double, but it’s pretty damned good as it stands. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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